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Grade: 14
* 1.GS-14 You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the federal service which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Select the choice which best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-13 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience requirements.
  2. I do not meet or exceed the 1 year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 2.In the text box below, please provide 2 - 3 examples of how you meet the specialized experience described in the Qualifications Section of this vacancy announcement. Indicate where this is reflected on your resume (e.g., identify specific experience but do not post your resume here.)
Maximum length of 3000 characters.


* 3.Please select the response that best describes your experience with human resources management regulations, policies and laws in the areas of recruitment and placement, and position management, and compensation.
  1. I have done work requiring knowledge of human resources management regulations, policies and laws with supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  2. Human resources management regulations, policies and laws have been a Central or major part of my job and work performed routinely required this knowledge.
  3. I have trained others on human resources management regulations, policies and laws and I am viewed as an expert in the performance of this knowledge area.
  4. None of the above


* 4.In a narrative, please give examples of specific accomplishments and/or results of support your selection(s) above.
Maximum length of 3000 characters.


* 5.Do you have experience interpreting and providing technical guidance on Delegated Examining laws, regulations and procedures?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.In the text box below, please provide 1 - 2 examples of experience that support your answer to the previous question.
Maximum length of 3000 characters.


* 7.Select the response(s) that reflect the activities you have performed as they pertain to your leadership experience.
  1. Coached a team in the selection and application of appropriate problem solving methods and techniques.
  2. Provided advice on work methods, practices, and procedures.
  3. Led the team in distributing and balancing workload based on established work flow, skill level and occupational specialties.
  4. None of the above


* 8.Select the response(s) that reflect your experience accomplishing program objectives.
  1. Planned and organized program objectives and requirements.
  2. Set work priorities
  3. Meeting deadlines
  4. Managed and adjusted workflows
  5. None of the above


* 9.In a narrative, please give examples of specific accomplishments and/or results to support your selection(s) above.
Maximum length of 3000 characters.


* 10.Please select from the following list each of the functional areas which you have managed (i.e. supervised the work of others).
  1. Staffing
  2. Classification
  3. Delegated Examining
  4. Recruitment
  5. Labor Relations
  6. Employee Relations
  7. Performance Management
  8. Pay Administration
  9. Benefits
  10. Training
  11. Awards
  12. Executive Resources
  13. None of the above


* 11.In the text box below, please provide 1 - 2 examples of experience that support your answer to the previous question.
Maximum length of 3000 characters.


* 12.Do you have experience in providing customer service which deals with differing and conflicting issues and concerns?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 13.In the text box below, please provide 1 - 2 examples of experience that support your answer to the previous question.
Maximum length of 3000 characters.


* 14.Select the response(s) that reflect your presentation/communication skills.
  1. Effectively communicated technical information to internal or external audiences.
  2. Persuaded others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action.
  3. Interviewed employees or managers to acquire specific programmatic and/or Technical information.
  4. Conducted training sessions with varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  5. Effectively communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis.
  6. I have no education, training, or experience in this area.


* 15.Do you have experience providing technical guidance on various hiring flexibilities such as recruitment, relocation, and retention incentives?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Do you have experience advising high-level officials on SES policy and program issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Do you have experience providing consultation and advisory services to key management officials?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 18.Do you have experience working in a precedent setting organization, in which tasks often require proposing an overall approach rather than fitting into established workflows?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 19.If you answered yes to the previous question, in the text box below, please describe your work experience as it relates to the question.
Maximum length of 3000 characters.


* 20.Please identify the automated Human Resource (HR) systems in which you are proficient (proficient means you understand and utilize a major part of the system's functionality / capabilities.
  1. Avue
  2. PeopleSoft 8 HR
  3. QuickHire
  4. Quick Classification
  5. Resumix
  6. Office of Personnel Management's HR Manager
  7. Office of Personnel Management's USAJOBS
  8. Office of Personnel Management's USA Staffing
  9. Other commercial-off-the shelf automated HR systems in a federal environment.
  10. Electronic OPF software (e.g., Integic)
  11. None of the above


* 21.I have provided technical assistance to managers and employees in the following human resources specialty areas:
  1. Employee Compensation
  2. Recruitment & Placement
  3. Position Management
  4. Performance Management
  5. Merit Promotion
  6. Delegated Examining Policies
  7. Employee Records Management
  8. Workforce planning
  9. Competitive Sourcing/A-761010
  10. None of the above


* 22.In the space below describe your experience in analyzing HR data, identifying issues, and presenting findings and recommended actions to senior management. Focus on a single case and identify the analysis required, data sources, findings, proposed actions, and outcomes.
Maximum length of 3000 characters.


* 23.Describe your experience in applying and advising managers on pay regulations such as; basic pay setting, pay retention, highest previous rate, special salary rates, etc.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 24.In the space below, describe a time when you were required to research, analyze, and interpret human resources issues for collaboration with others in drawing conclusions and recommending solutions.
Maximum length of 3000 characters.


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* 1.Federal Regulations state that all persons privileged to be employed in the Federal government, shall be reliable, trustworthy, of good conduct and character, and of complete and unswerving loyalty to the United States. Prior to appointment to an ATF position, you may be required to undergo a background investigation. The scope of the investigation will vary, depending upon the position. Are you willing to submit to this background investigation process?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.The background investigation may consist of a review of your past and present claims of education; a review of your past and present employment records; a review of your financial and criminal history; a review of your past and present involvement/use of drugs and alcohol; and extensive interviews with former and current supervisors, colleagues, neighbors, friends, professors, etc. Are you willing to provide written authorization for release of this personal information?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.The Department of Justice requires that you provide proof that for 3 out of the last 5 years you have resided in the United States, worked for the United States in a foreign country in a Federal or U.S. military capacity for 3 out of the last 5 years, and/or been a dependent of a Federal or U.S. military employee in a foreign country for 3 out of the last 5 years. Are you able to provide sufficient documentation to meet this residency requirement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.You will be required to complete and sign a “Drug Use Questionnaire”. This questionnaire addresses lifetime use of illegal drugs and narcotics (including circumstances, dates, associates, types/quantities of substances, locations used, and any law enforcement actions including arrests, convictions, and other court actions). It also addresses activities involving the sale of illegal drugs and abuse of prescription drugs. Are you willing to complete and sign the "Drug Use Questionnaire"?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Federal Regulations state that employees of the Federal government shall satisfy in good faith all just financial obligations, especially those imposed by law (e.g. court imposed judgments; Federal, state or local taxes; child support payments). You must be able to provide resolution of all delinquent just debt(s) by timely submission of proof of payment, proof of participation in a payment plan, or proof of legal remedy. If you have delinquent debt(s), can you provide proof of resolution?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Federal Regulations state that no ATF employee or his/her spouse or minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. If you have a financial or proprietary interest in any of these industries, you may be required to relinquish it. Would you be willing to relinquish your interest?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Federal Regulations state that no ATF employee can hold a Federal Firearms License or Federal Explosives License or Permit. If you currently hold a Federal Firearms License or Federal Explosives License or Permit, would you be willing to relinquish your license/permit?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Federal Regulations require that all prospective employees to the Federal government present two forms of acceptable personal identification prior to being granted unescorted access to facilities and/or information technology systems. One identification document must be state or Federally-issued and contain a photograph. Are you able to provide this required identification?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.How did you hear about this vacancy?
  1. ATF Website
  2. USAJOBS
  3. ATF Office or Recruiter
  4. Magazine Ad
  5. Other (Recruitment event, Job/Career Fair, etc)


* 10.If you currently hold, or ever held a civilian position in the Federal Government, what was your last yearly performance appraisal rating (within the last 13 months)? If you do not have a current yearly performance evaluation or your yearly evaluation is over 13 months old, you are considered to be "Presumed Fully Successful". NOTE: If you receive an updated yearly performance evaluation during the life of this vacancy announcement, you MUST update your response.
  1. Fully Successful
  2. Less Than Fully Successful


* 11.Have you received any awards within the last 2 years?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.If you answered "yes" to the previous question, list the awards you have received within the last 2 years.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


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This is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from Federal employment, or for dismissal after the applicant begins work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (US Code, Title 18, section 1001).